Brouwerij Oudaen

Brouwerij Oudaen

The Netherlands

"Beer was really for all people, so even children drank beer..."

 Stadskasteel Oudaen

This remarkable building is a medieval “city castle”, a so-called defensive towerhouse, located since 1296 in the heart of the city center of Utrecht. It has quite a history, from being a home to one of the wealthiest families in the city to being a home for the elderly and poor people. Since 2003 it hosts a grand café on the ground floor, a restaurant on the first floor and a couple of halls for meetings and events on the second floor. The best part is hidden in the castle’s vaults, a true microbrewery!

Beer instead of water

Often in cities, beer was one of the most common drinks during the Middle Ages since there was a lack of clean drinking water. Tea, coffee, wine and lemonade were available, but only to the more wealthy people. That's why beer was also consumed by children, be it so called ‘thin beer’, made of the malt of a previous brewage. Another good reason to drink beer is that it also was a nutritious alternative for water. In the early 17th century Utrecht had 22 breweries, most of them located on the docks along the Oudegracht (“old canal”) that runs through the center of Utrecht. Over the years they all disappeared from the city center until in 1986 an old tradition was restored with a brewery in the vaulted cellar of Stadskasteel Oudaen.

On-site brewery

The beers served in both the grand café and the brewery of Stadskasteel Oudaen all come from tap. A few local classics are Ouwe Daen, a non-filtered wheat beer, Jonge Daen, which is the filtered version of Ouwe Daen and Linteloo Gold, a hoppy (urtyp) pilsener. Depending on the season also different types of bockbeers are brewed. Ouwe Daen is the only beer that is sold in bottles. You can buy it exclusively at the reception in bottles of 0,75 liter.

Things to do in Utrecht 

Because Stadskasteel Oudaen is conveniently located in the city center of Utrecht, you can stroll along the Oudegracht canal with its many shops, cosy bars and restaurants with outdoor seating. Within walking distance you find must sees like the 112 meter high Domtower, the tallest church tower in the Netherland and several great musea. Like to do as the locals do? Rent a bike and explore the center and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Oudegracht 99
3511 AE Utrecht
The Netherlands

+31 (0)30 231 1864

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